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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
The Tears of Fancie
Sonnet XLIV. Long haue I sued to fortune death and loue
Thomas Watson (1555–1592)
LONG haue I sued to fortune death and loue,
But fortune, loue, nor death will daine to hear me:
I fortunes frowne, deaths spight, loues horror proue,
And must in loue dispairing liue I feare me.
Loue wounded me, yet nill recure my wounding,        5
And yet my plaints haue often him inuoked:
Fortune hath often heard my sorrowes sounding,
Sorrowes which my poore hart haue welnigh choked.
Death well might haue beene moued when I lamented,
But cruell death was deafe when I complained:        10
Death, loue, and fortune all might haue relented,
But fortune, loue, and death, and all disdained.
To pittie me or ease my restles minde,
How can they choose since they are bold and blinde.

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